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Get to Know Whitney White
Story and photo by Joshua Barrett, student writer/photographer
Thomas University alumna and Thomasville native Whitney White is the executive director of Pebble Hill Plantation, a historic plantation and museum open to the public and located between Thomasville and Tallahassee. She spent much of her childhood at Pebble Hill, where her mother, Sue White, served as the assistant director.
“Growing up my mom didn’t let me come to the planation until about four months into the job,” White said. “Once she let me come visit, I fell in love with the place. The staff was kind, and I even got to volunteer at the plantation.”
As a teenager, White spent her summers volunteering at the plantation. After graduating from Brookwood School, she attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. After graduation, White returned home to Thomasville to help take care of her ailing grandmother.
White began working full time at Pebble Hill and decided to further her education by pursuing the Master of Business Administration Degree. She was in TU’s first graduating MBA class.
In October 2017 the Board of Trustees of the Pebble Hill Foundation named her executive director. She replaced Wallace Goodman, who retired after 18 years of service.
White is a member of Thomas University’s Alumni Board of Governors. She previously served as ABOG president for three years and continues to be an active board member.
During her career at Pebble Hill, White has worked in several areas. She was previously event manager and museum manager, where she helped increase the number of visitors and the number of special events held at Pebble Hill.
White continuously strives to learn more about her career field. She participated in study programs, including Victorian Society in America’s Newport Summer School in Rhode Island, the Winterthur Institute in Delaware, and the Attingham Trust Summer School in Great Britain. During the study programs, White networked with employees from other historic sites and learned from the museums she visited.
White said earning the MBA from TU has helped in all areas of her career. White’s job as executive director consists of overseeing all departments including event coordinating, maintenance, grounds, tours, and the upkeep of the historical museum. She doesn’t do it all on her own.
“I use the knowledge I obtained from Thomas University every day while working as the executive director of Pebble Hill Plantation,” White said. “I use what I learned for marketing and budgeting, as well as reading business reports and everything else.”
Operating Pebble Hill takes a great deal of effort, but White can’t do it all on her own. She credits her staff and trustees with keeping the museum and plantation going.
“Pebble Hill Planation has committed staff of 12 and a board of trustees that help with everything,” White said. “With such a small staff, we’re really more like a family.”
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Other upcoming events
- Dec. 21-Jan. 2: TU closed for the holidays.
- Jan. 8: First day of spring semester classes.
- Jan. 15: TU closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
- Jan. 21: Sundays at Four presents January Jazz at the Thomasville Center for the Arts.
- Jan. 22: TU Book Club meeting, 7 p.m. Campus Center Classroom, Forbes Campus. Dr. Jason Dunn will discuss Barry Unworth's Morality Play.
- March 2-3: Alumni Soccer Weekend. Register today!
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